The Joint Ways & Means Committee has scheduled public hearings around the state to get input on the Fiscal 2019 state budget.
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Spending plan would make a significant investment in Department of Mental Health; plus increases for Department of Children and Families and Department of Transitional Assistance.
The Seventh Annual Caring Force Rally and State House Lobby Day happens in the middle of budget season.
The event offered human services executives the chance to meet the new ANF secretary and ask questions.
The proposed legislation would bring salaries paid to staff of human services provider organization in line with those paid to state workers doing similar jobs.
The loan repayment legislation - H.116 and S.42 - would help low-paid human services workers alleviate some of their student loan debt.
Joining other statewide associations on Tuesday, June 13, the Providers' Council testified at the State House before the Joint Committee on Revenue against four bills that seek to institute payments in lieu of taxes or create burdensome regulations for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.
Key EOHHS items are funded, and the proposal gives the Governor options with regard to a health care assessment.
Hundreds turned out in support of human services at the Sixth Annual Caring Force State House Rally.
The reduction to Adult Foster Care funding sets the rates back to pre-2007 levels.
The House Ways & Means Committee presented a budget that invests in early education, addiction and recovery services and housing supports but also would assess fines on employers not offering health insurance.
The Council is offering education, legislation and sharing tools and information to help the human service workforce with student debt.
The Providers' Council encourages members to attend hearing when possible to advocate for funding in the FY '18 budget.
Who Will Care: The Workforce Crisis in Human Services outlines challenges and solutions for community-based nonprofit providers.
The spending bill was generally favorable to human services programs.
The Council has put forward a Pro-Workforce Legislative Agenda for the 2017-18 session.
The Baker Administration says lagging tax revenues prompted reductions to the FY '17 budget.
Nonprofits are included in the regulation change that increases the number of employees eligible to be paid overtime for their work.
Secretaries Lepore and Sudders discuss the state budget picture and priorities for the coming year.
The Council and members ask EOHHS to revisit proposed rate taking into consideration locations, the coming OT change and other issues.